Originally Posted by kronik
I think I've seen those before A Harris.
And I think I've seen something very similar myself. A year ago or so I picked up a rather unusual pair of single monks made in England for Brooks Brothers as part of their Brooks English line. Most of the Brooks English shoes I've seen have been pretty nice (if not spectacular) and fairly obviously made by C&J. The pair I picked up, though, was a little different from run-of-the-mill Brooks English, featuring channeled soles and handwritten rather than stamped numbers. Here are the shoes (which I think bear a fairly clear resemblance to the N&L model even within the confines of this classic simple design):
My camera doesn't seem to go in for the kind of closeup that would show the numbers, but written in very much the same script as seen on the N&L shoes is 508 10 D 35 012506. From the beginning I suspected these were EG Troons made for BB (and substituting that nice copper buckle), but the last #35 didn't really make sense. A 32 used for N&L, however, seems to put them in the ballpark.
So, what do you think? Could these be EGs? I suspect an answer to this question might also go some way to answering j's question about his N&L colonials.